Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari still has more pace to find after a ‘strange’ opening day of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Raikkonen clocked the fourth best time in the afternoon on the medium tyres, but admitted he had struggled for grip around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
“It was quite a strange day,” he said. “The position and lap times were not too bad, but I was not completely happy with the handling of the car.
“I don’t know if it was caused by the wind or by the conditions of the track, but I have been struggling all day. We did not see anything bad with the upgrades we brought here.
“It’s just the feeling that it’s not completely right, as if the car was sliding. I feel there’s a lot to improve and to gain, in the evening we’ll look more into details and see what we can do for the rest of the weekend.”
Sebastian Vettel, who split the two Mercedes cars in second, admitted he too had battled with a sliding car.
“I think it’s quite straightforward that the Medium are the faster tires, but today it was a bit slippery for all the cars,” the German said.
“Grip seems to be very low, nothing abnormal as we’ve seen it across many years now. When we come from the winter usually in summer the track is quite a bit slower.
“It always helps when there are cars around and I think everybody covered quite a lot of laps today: of course on Sunday it will improve, but the general conditions will remain the same. They say it is going to be a bit cooler on Sunday and maybe that will help.”
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